Monday, May 29, 2006

Deua National Park

Jenny and I visited Deua National Park on Saturday afternoon. In the morning, my rugby team - the Owls - drew with Queanbeyan. We are playing at home again next Saturday against Tuggeranong.

Despite the weather being literally freezing, Jenny and I were warmed by our campfire. I over-compensated for the cold by filling the swag with three blankets and two doonas. It was simply too hot!

This was our second visit to this national park, though it has been at least a year since our last visit. Again, amongst the fauna, we saw a lyrebird - though not an echidna. This time, as we were not pressed for time, we were able to visit the marble arch, shown below.

The most unusual feature at this part of the national park is the Big Hole. The photograph doesn't really do the hole's depth justice. Those ferns at the bottom are (apparently) two metres tall. A lyrebird lives at the bottom. The hole was formed when the limestone below was eaten away by water and the top layers fell in. Only one person has fallen in to the hole - a fatal experience. Locals in the 1860's said that it was probably an accident.
The Big Hole and the Marble Arch are features of the 400 million year old cave system that can be observed without going underground.

A special message for Kev - congratulations for Wednesday when your thesis goes in - we will see you at the bar to celebrate, certainly!

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